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Dr. Keith Ashley

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Faculty Bio



Assistant Professor

Phone: (904) 620-3869

Office: Building 51, Room 1206


Areas of Expertise

Southeastern U.S. and Florida Archaeology, Historical Process, Political and Ritual Economy, Field and Laboratory Methodology


Ph.D. Anthropology, University of Florida

Dissertation: Interaction, Population Movement, and Political Economy: The Changing Social Landscape of Northeastern Florida (A.D. 900-1500)


M.S. Anthropology, Florida State University

Thesis: Effects of European and American Colonization of the Southeast on Upper Creek Indian Settlement Patterns


B.A. Anthropology, Auburn University


Keith Ashley is Assistant Professor of Anthropology. I grew up in northern Florida and moved north to attend Auburn University, where I received a BA in Anthropology. I returned to the sunshine state to earn a MS from Florida State University and a PH.D. from the University of Florida. Over the past 20 years, I have been involved in archaeological excavation and research throughout the southeastern U.S. Field projects have ranged from 4000 year old shell middens along the Atlantic coast to 17th century Creek Indian villages in central Alabama. My current research focuses on the archaeology of Native Americans in northeastern Florida before and after European contact. Beyond research and teaching, my aim is to draw UNF students into "hands-on" archaeology through fieldwork and laboratory analysis in an effort to prepare them for graduate school and a career in archaeology.